Iraqi Prisoner Release Coordinated

by 222nd Field Artillery

 

Written by Maj. Sterling McMurrin

Published February 27, 2006

 

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TF222FA commander Lt. Col. Richard Miller, center, helps a local Al Anbar sheik, left, and an Iraqi prisoner fill out the necessary paperwork for release Feb. 22.

Photo by Maj. Sterling McMurrin

TF222FA commander Lt. Col. Richard Miller, center,

helps a local Al Anbar sheik, left, and an Iraqi prisoner

fill out the necessary paperwork for release Feb. 22.

 

AR RAMADI, Iraq The 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 28th Division, and Task Force 222nd Field Artillery (TF222FA) coordinated and carried out the release of seven local Iraqi citizens being held at Abu Ghraib prison for various minor crimes against Coalition forces Feb. 22.

 

Working closely with local government and tribal leaders, TF222FA commander Lt. Col. Richard Miller and his Coalition counterparts were able to secure their release.  Under an agreement made with the mayor of Al Anbar Province and local sheiks the U.S. agreed to release these men on good faith. 

 

Under armed guard and with strict security in place the seven men were transported to Forward Operating Base Ramadi.  They were then transferred into the custody of TF222FA who took them via armed escort to the Ar Ramadi city government center.  There they were met by the governor and their local tribal leaders.  Once the final paperwork was finished, they were released and told they were being given a second chance at becoming viable members of their communities.

 

“We are returning these men to their homes and families with the hope that they will help to build a safe and secure city," Miller said. "We want to work with the local leaders to develop trust between the Iraqi people and Coalition forces.”

 

“These Iraqi men have a served their prison sentence commensurate with their crimes and are now being released to their tribal leaders and given a fresh start,” Miller added.

 

Lt. Col. Miller, standing, and other members of the Coalition forces delegation assist prisoners with documents prior to their release in Ar Ramadi.

Photo by Maj. Sterling McMurrin

Lt. Col. Miller, standing, and other members of the Coalition forces delegation assist prisoners with

documents prior to their release in Ar Ramadi.

A local Iraqi is met by his sheik on the day of his release from prison in Ar Ramadi, Iraq, Feb. 22.

Photo by Maj. Sterling McMurrin

A local Iraqi is met by his sheik on

 the day of his release from prison

in Ar Ramadi, Iraq, Feb. 22.